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Stars are: a) a light source (you wouldn't use a flash to take a picture of a lit light bulb!) b) WAY too far away to be "lit" by it (See "When should I use a flash?")
What you'll have to do is get a tripod. If you're confident with your camera, change it to the aperture/manual mode and test to see what will work properly. If you are not confident, fiddle around with it anyways! Just keep this in mind, try to get the aperture open as much as you can (A small number, like 2.0, 2.2 means it is open as far as it can be) and set the shutter speed to at least 1/2 a second, probably around 3-5 for a night shot depending on your camera/aperture, iso etc.
It is a very wise idea to use your remote control if you have one. Every little bit of extra shake (Including pressing down on the shutter button!) makes a huge difference for lengthy exposure times. (ed note: using the self timer feature will also minimize this problem)
With some cameras, if you press down on the shutter halfway it will show the approximate image (This only works when the flash is off) that it will capture. Adjust your shutter speed/aperture accordingly if it appears that the image will turn out too bright (UNLIKELY!) or too dark.
If you want some cool shots, crank your aperture up to something high like 7.0 or 8.0 and set the shutter speed to 10 seconds or more, you could end up with a "trace" from satellites, car headlights, airplanes etc.
So try it out! Make sure the flash is OFF and use one of the manual / unprogrammed settings that your camera offers (If you have them!)